From the creators of About a Boy
and Shall we Dance comes a delightful comedy about
relationships, family and chances that stars Steve Carrell (40
Year Old Virgin) as Dan Burns, a relationship columnist. Widowed
for four years, Dan struggles to raise his three teenage daughters
and fit into his almost perfect family.
For their annual family event, Dan
takes his family to his parents home only to discover that the woman
he was flirting with at a bookshop is his brothers new girlfriend.
Realising that this maybe the woman of his dreams, Dan attempts to
ignore Beth (Juliette Bionche), however in the process of stepping
on everyones toes in the family. Carrell is perfect as Dan with his
sombre attitude that really makes his a likeable character as he
attempts to rekindle his zest for life.
Masterfully directed by Peter Hedges (About
a Boy), his talent as a director creates a unique insight family
and relationships through drama, comedy and romance. Even though
Hedges portrays Dan's parents and siblings as a family from the
1950's, it actually suits the movie and assists in drawing you into
the lives of all characters as multiple stories points are happening
at once. A delightful and inspirational comedy.
The video quality of Dan in Real Life
is presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen which is perfect for
widescreen televisions, however some of the transfer is a little
grainy. The audio quality is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
which thanks to the soundtrack is superbly done and gives the movie
an almost surreal life.
Featuring a variety of special features
such as the making of Dan in Real Life, an interesting featurette
entitled "Handmade music: Creating the score" and some amusing
deleted scenes and outtakes, Dan in Real Life is the perfect DVD
compendium. Highly Recommended!
Just Like Family: The Making of Dan In Real Life
Handmade Music: Creating the Score